African Archaeological Review publishes articles on African archaeology, highlighting the contributions of the region as they relate to key global issues. Important topics include the emergence of modern humans, earliest manifestations of human culture, and the origins of African plant and animal domesticates.

Contributions feature timely continental and subcontinental studies covering cultural continuities and discontinuities; interregional interactions; biocultural evolution; cultural dynamics and ecology; the role of cultural materials in politics and ideology; the application of ethnohistorical, textual, and ethnoarchaeological data in archaeological interpretation; conservation; management of cultural heritage, information technology, and public archaeology.

Papers present new field data from key excavation sites or localities aimed at understanding interregional processes, major cultural changes, and transitions in Africa's past, and Africa's place in world archaeology.

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SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.936

14 out of 286 on the Archeology list

16 out of 300 on the Archeology (Arts and Humanities) list

SJR is a measure of the journal’s relative impact in its field, based on its number of citations and number of articles per publication year.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.810

The SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa

CiteScore 2018: 1.98

  • Topics include the emergence of modern humans, the earliest manifestations of human culture, and the origins of African plant and animal domesticates
  • Presents new field data from key excavation sites
  • Applies ethnohistorical, textual, and ethnoarchaeological data in archaeological interpretation

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  • Akin Ogundiran
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1.154 (2019)
Impact factor
1.450 (2019)
Five year impact factor
74 days
Submission to first decision
190 days
Submission to acceptance
62,433 (2019)

Latest issue

Volume 37

Issue 3, September 2020

Special Issue: Variability of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Microlithic Industries in Northern and Eastern Africa: Recent Interpretations and Perspectives (pp. 323-470)

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This journal has 39 open access articles

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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Useable Past: What Can African Archaeology Tell Us About the Present?

    In 2019, African Archaeological Review launched a new forum: "Useable Past". The goal of the forum is to provide space for 4-6 archaeologists to use archaeological knowledge to reflect on a topic of contemporary relevance. The forum publishes critical essays (not more than 1500 words each) that make use of any aspect of archaeological knowledge to address a common topic. 

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    The Society of Africanist Archaeologists is the official society of African Archaeological Review. Learn more here about SAfA's mission, executive board, and their next meeting in September of 2020 at the University of Oxford.

  • AAR Book and Media Review Guidelines

    African Archaeological Review aims to publish quality reviews of books, edited volumes, documentaries, and databases published in traditional or new media, and covering any aspect of African archaeology and related fields.

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